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Season 14/15 Stagsnet Match Report
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Dagenham and Redbridge  
2 - 0
 Mansfield Town
Howell 45, Ogogo 60.
 
 
Attendance: 1558 (190 from Mansfield)
 
Date: 23 August 2014

DISAPPOINTING STAGS BEATEN BY DAGENHAM

Martin Shaw at Victoria Road.

Mansfield Town were beaten at Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon, with a lacklustre performance that got what it deserved. The first half was poor fare from both sides, and the game had the hallmarks of a 0-0 draw written all over it. But that all changed right on the stroke of half time, as poor defending from Rob Taylor and Ryan Tafazolli allowed Cureton to pull back from the byline to Luke Howell who tapped home from 6 yards. It was hard to see where an equaliser was going to come from, especially when Dagenham doubled the lead on the hour. The out-of-sorts Rob Taylor lost the ball not once but twice in quick succession right in front of me, and then conceded a free-kick in frustration, taken quickly by Dagenham who got to the byline for Chambers, via a great back-heel from Hemmings, to cross, the ball deflected out to Abu Ogogo, who got lucky as his shot which was straight at Studer deflected off Beevers and into the net. It looked to me as though it wouldn’t have gone in without the deflection. With substitutes Palmer, Clucas and Fergus Bell looking more lively in the final 25 minutes, the Stags at last started to cause the home side some problems, and had a few good chances, but were unable to break the home side down, and ended up with nothing. In a disappointing team performance, there were plenty of disappointing individual performances too. The crossing was terrible throughout, notably from Fisher, Taylor, Beevers, Clements. Rhead won plenty of balls in the air, but no-one could do anything with them and Fisher was too often pushed off the ball easily. In midfield, Heslop and McGuire really disappointed after fine performances lately, and Clements was almost completely anonymous after his good game against Newport.

With the Stags in 11th place, a point behind the play-off zone and five points above the relegation zone, there is no need for panic. The size of the squad, and more specifically not being allowed to bring in replacements for Amari’i Bell and Liam Hearn when the squad size was already small, is a cause for concern though, to me at least. In my opinion, it’s critical that another forward is brought in. And if Clucas has to be sold before the end of the transfer window, then the situation becomes even more critical, and two players would be needed.

Paul Cox had been away from Field Mill for the days leading up to the game, at a course at St Georges Park, and elected to go with the same starting XI that beat Newport on Tuesday. In hindsight, this was probably a mistake in my opinion, with some of those players having suffered from a bug since the Newport game, including Rob Taylor. There was very good news on the bench with the return of Martin Riley following his groin injury picked up at Sheffield United. Riley replaced Marsden, out with an ankle injury. A shame for Marsden, who might have started today had he not had the injury. Dagenham were unchanged following a 2-0 win at Hartlepool on Tuesday. The Stags played in the new black away kit for the first time. There was a distinct lack of atmosphere.

On 5 minutes, a cross from Dagenham right-back Partridge went through a pack of players and out for a goal-kick.

A chance for Beevers on 10 minutes, as the ball rolled back out to him on the right following a throw-in, but he curled a shot over the bar left-footed from 16 yards.

On 13 minutes, a chance for the home side, as Ogogo’s low side-footed shot was cleared off the line by Tafazolli.

Twice Tafazolli played Beevers in towards the byline with good balls and Beevers wasted them.

On 17 minutes, Chambers played a one-two with Cureton, and his shot from 20 yards was blocked for a corner.

On 19 minutes, Rhead nodded down to Fisher whose shot from 12 yards was on target but blocked. On 22 minutes, Taylor’s corner from the right was to the far post where Dempster just about got his head on it but couldn’t get enough purchase on it and it went wide.

On 27 minutes, Tafazolli was harshly booked for a late challenge. The resulting free kick came out to Hemmings who blasted so far wide that it almost hit the corner flag. On 29 minutes, a long throw from Taylor and Rhead flicked a header goalwards but the keeper easily saved it low down. A foul on Rhead moments later was almost identical to Tafazolli’s yet this time the Dagenham player was not booked. From the resulting free kick taken by Clements, Tafazolli headed straight at the keeper. On 32 minutes, Clements did well to get Fisher in on the by line but Fisher shanked his cross for a goal kick. A minute later, Fisher was nearly in on the right of the area but the keeper just got to the ball first. On 34 minutes, Taylor did well to beat his man on the left but another poor cross followed.

On 37 minutes, Partridge was booked for pulling Rhead’s shirt. From the resulting free kick, Clements’ cross went just wide with Rhead so close to getting a vital touch.

Rhead was winning all his headers but Fisher was not getting on the end of them.

On 41 minutes, a snap shot from Taylor from 25 yards was wide of the left post. Clements was booked for catching the back of Hemmings’ heel on 44 minutes. It looked as though the ref was not going to take any action until Cureton complained.

Out of the blue, Dagenham were ahead on the stroke of half time. Cureton went round Studer and got to the byline and his cross was cleared, but within seconds poor defending from Rob Taylor and Ryan Tafazolli allowed Cureton to again pull back from the byline, to Luke Howell who tapped home from 6 yards. Cureton celebrated in front of the Stags fans which seemed a little unnecessary.

An even first half, but the Stags rarely looked like scoring. And conceding just before the break was a huge psychological blow.

Half time 1-0

On 49 minutes, Rhead flicked the ball forwards for Clements whose shot from 22 yards was blocked.

No surprise on 51 minutes as Palmer replaced Fisher, who had had a poor game.

Dagenham doubled their advantage on 60 minutes. The out-of-sorts Rob Taylor lost the ball not once but twice in quick succession right in front of me, and then conceded a free-kick in frustration, taken quickly by Dagenham who got to the byline for Chambers, via a great back-heel from Hemmings, to cross, the ball deflected out to Abu Ogogo, who got lucky as his shot which was straight at Studer deflected off Beevers and into the net. It looked to me as though it wouldn’t have gone in without the deflection.

On 62 minutes, a terrible free kick from Clements was straight through to the keeper. A minute later, Hemmings got past Beevers too easily to the byline and his cross was fired well wide by Ogogo.

On 64 minutes, Cox took off the anonymous Clements and the out of sorts Taylor, bringing on Clucas and Fergus Bell. With no wing backs or full backs available, Cox switched to 4-4-2, Sutton moving to right back, Beevers to left back, Clucas to the right of midfield and Bell to the left.

The substitutes were immediately in the action on 65 minutes. Clucas put in a great ball from the right to the far post where Palmer trapped it and volleyed towards the bottom left corner and the keeper tipped it wide. From the resulting corner, a powerful drive from Clucas was cleared off the line by Saah. Dagenham broke straight to the other end and Hemmings shot straight at Studer. In the space of a few minutes, the game had gone from abysmal to end-to-end.

On 72 minutes, Bell crossed to Clucas whose shot was blocked. Then Palmer headed back across goal, it was cleared out to Heslop who shot straight at the keeper. As Matt Halfpenny, sitting next to me, said, it just needed a little deflection on it, like Dagenham’s second goal.

On 73 minutes, Ogogo got into the penalty area and Studer pushed his shot wide.

On 75 minutes, it looked like Saah elbowed Bell. A free kick was given but Saah just got a yellow and the Stags players were incensed. Clucas took the resulting free kick from 30 yards straight into the wall.

On 79 minutes, McGuire volleyed from 25 yards on to the roof of the net. Two minutes later, Bell was tripped while running at goal. He took the resulting free kick himself from 26 yards but sent it over the bar.

On 84 minutes, Clucas shot from 20 yards was blocked and then clipped Heslop's heel before going out for a throw in.

Poor defending from the Stags on 85 minutes allowed Howell to fire over. On 86 minutes, Bell crossed from the right and Rhead’s header came off the back of a head of a defender for an easy save for the keeper. A minute later at the other end, Chambers latched on to a ball over the top that flicked off Dempster, and Tafazolli did well to block for a corner. On 89 minutes, Bell broke in the area from a Rhead flick-on and his shot was blocked. On 90+1, McGuire dilly-dallied on the ball, Dagenham won it, broke into the box and a shot from Chambers was blocked.

Straight to the other end and a Rhead volley from a tight angle was blocked. A minute later, Sutton crossed from the right, Rhead headed towards the top corner but it was held by the keeper.

A poor day for the Stags.

Man of the match: John Dempster


Report by: Martin Shaw at Victoria Road.



Line Up:
(3-2-2-1-2 formation)
Studer 6 Slightly out of position just before the first goal, but not at fault for either goal. Did ok.
Sutton 6.5 Mostly solid.
Dempster 7 The pick of the defence.
Tafazolli 6 Partially at fault for the first goal. Harshly booked. A couple of good clearances and blocks.
Beevers 5 Some poor crosses. Didn’t defend well on the whole.
Taylor 4 Very poor game. Partially at fault for both goals. Some poor crossing. Suffered from a bug since the Newport game which may have explained his performance, in which case he shouldn’t have played.
McGuire 5 Really disappointed after fine performances lately. Nearly gifted the Daggers a third late on.
Heslop 5 Also disappointed after fine performances lately.
Clements 5 Almost completely anonymous after his good game against Newport.
Rhead 6.5 Won almost everything in the air, and others should have made more of that.
Fisher 5 Some poor crosses, and was too often pushed off the ball easily. Didn’t make the most of Rhead winning headers.
Sub Line Up:
Palmer (for Fisher, 51) 7 Good trap and volley at goal, and good set-up for Heslop.
Clucas (for Clements, 64) 7 Unlucky with a shot cleared off the line, and generally livened things up.
Fergus Bell (for Taylor, 64) 7 Livened things up.
Subs not used: Evtimov, Riley, Jones, Murray.
Opposition Line Up:
O’Brien; Partridge, Doe, Saah, Connors; Boucaud, Ogogo (c), Howell, Hemmings (Labadie 90+2); Cureton (Porter 77), Chambers. Subs not used: Cousins, Green, Goldberg, Gayle, Clarke.
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson 6 Handled the game ok. But was inconsistent. Harshly booked Tafazolli for a late tackle then let a Dagenham player off a card for an almost identical foul moments later.


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